PRETTY, PRETTY UGLY

A place to put all of the pretty and pretty ugly things that I make.
I’m getting ready to move in a couple of weeks. I’m very excited! But there’s lots to do and lots to worry about. I can’t wait to get settled in.

I’m getting ready to move in a couple of weeks. I’m very excited! But there’s lots to do and lots to worry about. I can’t wait to get settled in.

My brother asked me to draw a naked turtle for one of his friend’s for her birthday. This may be the strangest thing I’ve drawn in a while…

My brother asked me to draw a naked turtle for one of his friend’s for her birthday. This may be the strangest thing I’ve drawn in a while…

I made this drawing of Kurt Vonnegut, one of my boyfriend’s favorite writers, for our 6 month anniversary. I haven’t done a portrait in a while and it was really fun!

I made this drawing of Kurt Vonnegut, one of my boyfriend’s favorite writers, for our 6 month anniversary. I haven’t done a portrait in a while and it was really fun!

One of the most powerful things someone can say to you is “I love you as you are.”

One of the most powerful things someone can say to you is “I love you as you are.”

Tumblr informed me that it’s my blog’s 1st birthday today! I’m more excited than I expected. It makes me stop and realize how much has happened in the past year, and how lucky I am that people enjoy and share my work. Thank you to all my wonderful followers!
After graduating college last spring with a degree in illustration, I’ve gone through some big changes and have struggled with finding inspiration, but art will always be my passion. Nothing makes me happier than finishing a new drawing. I will continue to create, and continue to share those creations!
Thanks again! =)

Tumblr informed me that it’s my blog’s 1st birthday today! I’m more excited than I expected. It makes me stop and realize how much has happened in the past year, and how lucky I am that people enjoy and share my work. Thank you to all my wonderful followers!

After graduating college last spring with a degree in illustration, I’ve gone through some big changes and have struggled with finding inspiration, but art will always be my passion. Nothing makes me happier than finishing a new drawing. I will continue to create, and continue to share those creations!

Thanks again! =)

Anonymous asked: Hi there! I really like your blog! its awesome! Do you have any tips on overcoming social anxiety? What things have helped you? I'm in my 20s but find it hard to relate to other people my age because of anxiety and the thought of dating etc scares the life out of me. x

Thank you! I’m really glad you like my blog =) I started these comics hoping to connect with people who feel the same as I do. I’m sorry anxiety has been a struggle for you as well. It’s such an isolating feeling, but it helps to know that so many people are actually going through the same thing. 

What I’ve done that has had the most dramatic result is changing the way I talk to myself. In the past I’ve been very critical. I was always thinking “Oh my god, I’m so awkward. How can I be this awkward? Everyone is judging me. I’m a terrible person.” and I slowly started to force myself into saying “that was a funny moment. I am not awkward. I am a good person. Everyone has embarrassing moments. The moment was awkward, but I am not awkward.” Over time this made a huge difference. I started to feel more confident. I became aware of myself in a positive light rather than a negative one. It has also helped to remind myself that when I’m talking to people, they want to hear what I have to say. We are all equally important and we all matter. People just want to connect with others, and no one is thinking things as negative about you as you are! I have always struggled with dating and befriending people my own age as well. It is scary! The best advice I can give on that is to try your hardest to open up when someone reaches out to you. I regret the many times I pushed away a helping hand. There are a lot of patient and loving people out there. =) 

One other thing that has helped my anxiety is that I started to challenge myself and do things that scared me. This has been and continues to be the hardest step. Sometimes it’s awful, but afterwards I feel so proud! Even small challenges will give you a rush of happiness. I’ll admit everyday is still a struggle, but changing my thinking habits has made a huge difference!

I hope this helps you start out! The path to managing anxiety is not an easy one, but it is possible! If I can help with anything else, let me know.

(I haven’t published an Ask before, but I thought this might be a good one to start with.)

I’d like to preface this one by saying I love my family! It’s always great to see them. Dealing with social anxiety makes interaction difficult though, even with family members. It can be especially frustrating because it seems like connecting with relatives is supposed to come naturally, but I’m still nervous. 

I’d like to preface this one by saying I love my family! It’s always great to see them. Dealing with social anxiety makes interaction difficult though, even with family members. It can be especially frustrating because it seems like connecting with relatives is supposed to come naturally, but I’m still nervous. 

It’s been rainy the past few days, I like it.

It’s been rainy the past few days, I like it.

I apologize for the lack of new art lately, thanks for sticking with me! I have been going through a bit of a transformation, mentally and physically. It’s been a happy time and a busier time. These changes have inspired new ideas for comics and drawings that I am excited to start making! 
Watch for more!

I apologize for the lack of new art lately, thanks for sticking with me! 

I have been going through a bit of a transformation, mentally and physically. It’s been a happy time and a busier time. These changes have inspired new ideas for comics and drawings that I am excited to start making! 

Watch for more!

How I’m starting to feel as I get a better handle on my anxiety. I never thought I’d be able to feel this good. It hasn’t been easy and it probably never will be, but I feel better over all.

How I’m starting to feel as I get a better handle on my anxiety. I never thought I’d be able to feel this good. It hasn’t been easy and it probably never will be, but I feel better over all.

I’m starting to realize that even though I have to deal with anxiety, it’s okay to feel okay.
I was up North in Grand Marais again for a few days, including my birthday. It was really relaxing and gave me a lot of time to think. 
Prints of this one are now available in my Etsy.(I do ship outside of the USA, just send a message!) 

I’m starting to realize that even though I have to deal with anxiety, it’s okay to feel okay.

I was up North in Grand Marais again for a few days, including my birthday. It was really relaxing and gave me a lot of time to think. 

Prints of this one are now available in my Etsy.
(I do ship outside of the USA, just send a message!)